Hezbollah to eliminate Israel, says Iranian commander

An Iranian military commander said Monday that the elimination of Israel by the Lebanese group Hezbollah was imminent, Fars news agency reported.

Hezbollah to eliminate Israel, says Iranian commander
"In the near future we will witness the elimination of the cancerous germ of Israel by the mighty forces of Hezbollah," General Mohammad-Ali Jafari, commander of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guards, said in a message to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

The commander also expressed his condolences for the death of Hezbollah military leader, Imad Muganiyeh, saying "this martyrdom will only further strengthen the firm will of revolutionary world Muslims to confront the criminal Zionist regime (Israel)."

Tehran had earlier Monday said that even after 60 years, Israel still had neither legitimacy nor any role in the Middle East, ISNA news agency reported.

"The West has tried to impose a fake regime on the Middle East but even after 60 years, the Zionist regime (Israel) has neither gained any legitimacy nor played any role in this region," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.

Calling United States policies in the Middle East a failure, Mottaki predicted the collapse of the Jewish state.

Mottaki was in Beirut last week to participate in the funeral procession for Muganiyeh who was killed in a bomb attack in Damascus.

Tehran, a fierce supporter of Hezbollah, blamed Israel for Muganiyeh's assassination but said that such moves could not stop the struggle against Israeli atrocities.

"The era of imposing policies on other states by military threats is over. The nations in the region will no longer surrender to any threats," Mottaki said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Şubat 2008, 16:30